Imagine my surprise when I found out that the 2 owners are best friends with one of my dear old friends and her husband from High school. Owners Ken and Kate Taylor moved from Groveland California back in January 2019 to re-open The Joshua Grindle Bed and Breakfast, a registered historic property. My dear friend Cindee Pieretti is good friends with the couple. When I found out where they moved from I asked if they knew Cindee and her husband. Ken and Kate were awestruck when they replied that they did, it is such a small world! What a super easy introduction to my fun stay.
Joshua Grindle History:
Kate and Ken Taylor purchased the inn in January 2019 after falling in love with Mendocino. They are former Pittsburgh (PA) residents, they have lived in California since 1994 and first-time inn owners. They have many years of experience in education, business and information technology. Before buying the Joshua Grindle Inn, Kate was a teacher/principal and currently oversees seven private elementary schools in California. Ken worked at IBM Storage Division prior to spending time at several Yosemite/Groveland area lodges.
The Joshua Grindle Inn is Mendocino’s first bed and breakfast (it opened for business in 1978). The original Victorian farmhouse was built by Joshua Grindle in 1879; after receiving the property as a gift from his new in-laws (who just happened to live on a farm directly adjacent).
Joshua Grindle Inn is situated on a knoll overlooking the town of Mendocino on California’s beautiful North Coast. Joshua Grindle Inn is 160 miles north of the Oakland Airport, 180 miles north of San Francisco International Airport, and 100 miles NW of Sonoma County Airport.
The Main House is the stately Victorian Farmhouse with a wrap around veranda featuring 5 guestrooms featuring antique furniture, each with it’s own upgraded modern bathroom. Also housed in the Main House are the Parlor (complete with historic photographs of Joshua and Alice Grindle) and a spacious dining area featuring a vintage pine table and chairs, where a delicious breakfast is served every morning.
The historic water tower is a 3-story replica of the original tower featuring 3 unique guestrooms and “widow’s walk” at it’s peak.
A “saltbox” Cypress Cottage offers two additional guestrooms shaded by giant Cypress; amidst a canapé of rhododendron.
They are within easy walking distance to the fine restaurants, shops and galleries of the historic village of Mendocino, as well as the breathtaking coastal Mendocino Headlands which makes the Joshua Grindle Inn the perfect portal for your exploration of the Mendocino Coast. Private parking lot on the premises. The inn has been through three sets of loving hands over the years and it has enjoyed an abundance of admiring guests who have felt it’s magic.
The property is so close to the town and the ocean, and my breakfast for both days was amazing. Ken makes the breakfasts, the first morning I had a great quiche; and the second day I had his famous French toast, both were simply delicious. It comes with sausage and potatoes and there is cereal and other goodies to help start your day. A real treat!
They showed me a few rooms, but I chose the Water Tower 1 room, because it was super easy to get to and you can park right outside the room. Water Tower 1 is designated as pet friendly. Light and airy with a redwood beam ceiling and lots of windows, this spacious, comfortable room rests on the first floor of the Water tower. Country pine furniture and a sitting area next to a Vermont Castings stove make this room a cozy haven. A peaceful view of cypress trees and gardens add to the feeling of complete privacy. King bed and private bath with a deep soak tub/shower.
Besides being a publicist and a writer, I also have a degree in Interior Design, so when Ken asked me to give him advice about upgrading the interiors I gladly said yes and gave him some pointers. We are still contemplating my actual doing the design work to upgrade the rooms, we shall see!!!
“This a very old homestead which has been lovingly restored without destroying the charm of the old estate. The owners are the best host and hostess I have ever encountered in a B&B. They actually treat you better than family and are truly concerned about your comfort and happiness. From the wonderful freshly baked muffins and quiche every morning to the all day coffee and tea available. We are looking forward to returning and spending more time in this quaint little town and enjoying this wonderful B & B.” – OF Wood, Spring, Texas
Joshua Grindle Inn
44800 Little Lake Rd.
Mendocino, CA 95460
p 707-937-6022 or 844-567-4474
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